Postgame: thoughts from Duke’s 35-7 win over Navy

Posted on October 12, 2013 

Duke 35, Navy 7

A pair of stories:

Offense: Brandon Connette’s surprise injury, Anthony Boone’s return

Defense: Fewest points allowed to an FBS opponent since 2008

Postgame thoughts

*** Anthony Boone had never broken a bone before breaking his collarbone, but he knew as soon as it happened on the field at Memphis that something wasn’t right.

"When I lifted my arm there was this kind of burning sensation," he said. "I was like, ‘something’s wrong.’ I thought I might have dislocated it, but then when they looked at it, it was broken."

In the ensuing weeks, he lived in the Yoh football building, he said, working diligently with the medical staff.

***Backup defensive end Jamal Wallace fell on an attempted sack of Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds in the second quarter and didn’t get back up. He had to be helped off the field, and Cutcliffe said after the game he would likely need surgery on his ankle.

***Sophomore running back Shaquille Powell logged his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter on a seven-yard run up the middle of the Navy defense. He finished with three carries for 27 yards. Sophomore receiver Anthony Nash also caught his first career reception and then caught another on the next play. He finished with three receptions, two of which came on third-down conversions, for 31 yards.

***Speaking of running backs, Jela Duncan didn’t play in the first half. He looked solid in his second-half action—nine carries, 45 yards, one touchdown. When asked why he didn’t play, Cutcliffe had this to say.

"I wanted to have Jela see the game, think about the game," Cutcliffe said. "We’re dealing with four guys that we’re going to manage. And I’m going to manage to see what those guys can do to give us the best we’ve got. You’re going to see different rotations based on what yours truly feels about their effectiveness, the game, the opponent, the practice week, etc. We’ve got four good football players there.

In other words, Duncan sat because that’s what Cutcliffe wanted him to do.

***Navy entered the game ranked No. 1 in the country with the fewest penalties (2.25) and penalty yards (20.75) per game. The Midshipmen (3-2), though, had four penalties for 30 yards in the first half alone. Navy finished with five penalties for 35 yards.

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